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    Oh, autocorrect, you fickle fiend. Anyone that’s ever accidentally sent a text wondering about “chicken vaginas” instead of “chicken fajitas” for dinner knows the beet red embarrassment that comes from autocorrect misreading a mistyped word.

    So Google has decided to stay a step ahead of careless typers and ban a list of about 1,400 “sexting” and other inappropriate words from its latest update for the Android keyboard’s autocomplete feature. If you want to call someone a butt head or text your girlfriend from a public restroom to ask if she has any Tampax, you’re going to have to type the whole word out yourself.

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    Restaurant owner Jawdat Ibrahim says that cell phones have “destroyed the modern dining experience,” so he’s doing something extraordinary to bring it back by offering his patrons a 50 percent discount on their meals in exchange for turning their phones off.

    Ibrahim owns Abu Ghosh, the famous restaurant outside of Jerusalem in Israel. He’s long been a promoter of peace, using food to unite Arabs and Jews in a spirit of coexistence. He serves traditional Mediterranean fare like grilled meats and hummus.

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    We already know the selfie has gotten out of control. What used to serve as a whimsical way for, mostly teens, to show the world how much they love themselves and their duck faces has quickly become a way of documenting every single situation in which they've ever been involved in their lives, including scenarios that require you to, ideally, BE in the moment. Like...maybe...Monday's lockdown at Central Connecticut State? Yes, thanks to technology, students were actually able to post selfies during the emergency (which, thankfully, turned out to be a false alarm), even giving them the nifty hashtag #LockDownSelfie

    But before you chastise these young folks, consider this: the selfie may just be helping these teens deal with stress, trauma, and uncomfortable life experiences. And I can think of at least five more situations where you should not be shocked to see a selfie. 

     

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    Remember those days when someone called you, and if you didn't want to talk, you could just -- not pick up the phone? (Aging myself here.) Of course, you can still do that, but ignoring someone is not as easy as it used to be. Hell, it's virtually impossible. People text, they tweet, they email, they IM, they get right in your face 24/7 and are like, "Whyyyyy didn't you answer me???" And god forbid you try to say, like, you know, you have a LIFE and other things to do. That just don't fly. So you have to come up with some lame excuse. Here are 20 excuses you can use to not answer someone's text message.

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    Did you ever wish that you had a friend at home to greet you with a drink at the end of a long day? One that knows that you like your martinis with vodka and a splash of pickle juice (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, people!)? One that could maybe call you a cab if you needed to go out again?

    That friend is here, my fellow cocktail drinkers. Now if only he looked like Ryan Gosling … but nothing is perfect, right?

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    The world is your oyster when you're young, not so much in love, pissed off, and when you just happen to be a blogger who can shame the pants off the one who scorned you. A 26-year-old woman did exactly that on her blog, Little Black Blog. A man she calls "Rando," whom she dated twice, foolishly decided to call it quits via a text message. Quin Woodward Pu says she was "stunned into paralysis" after receiving the text and even had to leave her opera rehearsals early because she was "agitated" by the young man's horrible etiquette. 

    So she did something that is within the power of every young woman with a social media platform these days and set out to make this man's life a living hell. Vive L'Amour!

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    If you want to know what texting and driving looks like, please shift your gaze to the left. That right there is the result of a woman LOLing or OMGing while she should have been L-O-O-K-I-N-G at the road. An unidentified 25-year-old admit that texting was the cause of her veering off the road and hitting and tree, which subsequently propelled her car about 60-feet into a nearby lake. Thankfully, everyone is okay -- she was able to open her window and escape -- but wouldn't you say it's time texting and driving repercussions are treated the same as DUIs?

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    It truly is shocking that people still text and drive. Despite the fact that there are about 1.6 million accidents caused by texting and driving every year, and that "driving while intexticated" is considered six times worse than driving drunk, people still do it. Why? Do they really think that a life-changing car accident, or death, will never happen to or by them? Do they think that responding "LOL" to some meaningless and trivial thing a friend wrote to them is more important than their safety or the safety of others? Many do, which, sadly, is why every day there are about 11 teen deaths from texting and driving.

    It needs to stop.

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    Text messages. They can be crazy, I tell you. One minute you're sitting there, watching a Real Housewives reunion, the next you're getting an anonymous text that reads: "What the f*ck is your problem? Why did you take that Starbucks mug?" True story. But a random text on a random drunken night doesn't hold a candle to some other text messages that have been received or, worse, sent.

    I conducted a little poll, asking people what the weirdest text message they sent or received was, and, naturally, I got some really strange (really funny) answers. Here are 10 super odd text messages. Enjoy.

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    With the revelation that millions of citizens and non-citizens have had their data compromised by PRISM, what can you do to keep your private data safe? 

    Sadly, very little -- but there are a few things you can use that will keep things at least a little locked down.

    The key reason PRISM exists is to create connections between networked users. For example, it uses "metadata" to connect you with other people. If you often call a certain number, that number gets a larger weight in the system and can allow analysts to understand what you're doing, at least online or over the phone. It's obviously pretty creepy. 

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